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Restaurant Eighty Eight

88 Halls Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 4998 4999
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“sago” (6 reviews)
“sandwiches” (3 reviews)
“poached eggs” (2 reviews)
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Australian, Gluten Free Options
88 Halls Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner for two in early Sept on Thursday night. We were the only guest at the restaurant. The room was great in the beautiful Convent Hotel. Service obviously was also great. Very small menu with either a 2 or 3 course option available. You need...More

Thank Travis Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our preferred restaurant for dinner on a Saturday night in Pokolbin whilst staying at The Convent was Circa 1876 but that was booked out so our second choice, based on other reviews, was Restaurant 88. We were disappointed with the service and ambience. The menu,...More

Thank Duchies
Reviewed 20 July 2018

The food here was delightful - well presented and great flavour. The menu is small with only three entrees and three mains, but what they do, they do very well. My only issue is with the very limited wine list. Food this good deserves better....More

Thank OzSooty
Reviewed 29 June 2018

this restaurant has a fabulous menu. If you want a great serving size and a juicy steak...this is for you. The atmosphere is very warm and cosy with sandstone bricks and a log fire.

Thank Moorey73
Reviewed 28 May 2018

From the moment we drove up to this venue, we knew it was going to be amazing. We were early and so we were invited to have pre dinner drinks in a fabulously quirky reception room with winged armchairs and fireplace. Our meal was divine,...More

Thank J0hnandPam
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay at the Convent. We ended the trip with high tea at Eighty Eight. The food looked amazing and delicious. OMG those scones - flakey and perfect 👍🏼 Country charms ambience and the staff were wonderful. The best!! Thanks Hahn and...More

Thank Hangie N
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

In addition to our recent very positive review of our recent 4-day stay at The Convent Hunter Valley hotel, their in-house restaurant ('88'), only available to hotel guests, and only on Wednesday and Thursday nights, was simply superb! The Chef (also the Sous Chef at...More

Thank hoopertravel
Reviewed 3 March 2018

We visited here as part of a Day Tour of the Hunter Valley Vineyards. The staff were able to expertly discuss the wines which accompanied our lunch which interested us very much. Food was also good and the view through long glass windows very pleasant.

Thank ldonne
Reviewed 12 February 2018

The poached eggs were lovely, there was no butter for the toast, no jam or vegemite the rest was "same as"

Thank jrpproperties
Reviewed 2 January 2018

The house is set at the end of a long drive and surrounded by lovely gardens. It feels peaceful as well as majestic. But as soon as you open the door, you step not into a colonial past, but into a kitsch, gaudy interior that...More

Thank CCG2012
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$33
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Seating, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Halls Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Cessnock  >  Pokolbin
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4998 4999
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Overlooking the Wisteria Courtyard at The Convent, Restaurant Eighty Eight serving Breakfast and High Tea in a more relaxed dining experience than Circa 1876, it strongly focuses on using organic produce that is ethical and sustainable with the vast majority sourced from the Estate’s nearby organic kitchen garden, chicken coop, bee hive and quail eggs from our onsite Japanese quails. Executive Chef Trent and Eighty Eight Head Chef Christopher Dzidic have collaborated to create a menu that brings to life the flavours of the kitchen garden’s food and injects hints of quirkiness, influenced by Christopher’s own personality. Ingredients are ethically sourced and either organically grown on the property, gathered or acquired locally or sustainably farmed. RESTAURANT EIGHTY EIGHT BREAKFAST: Open 7 days Costs: $35.00 (per adult) $10.00 (per child) AFTERNOON HIGH TEA: Open Sat-Sun
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